FAQ

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Why should I build with Homes by Maxim?

A: Experience & Reliability

Logan Townsend, managing director at Homes by Maxim, has been building high quality homes around the South Island for over 25 years.
Homes by Maxim is the culmination of this experience and operates under the Maxim Design Group of companies.

A full in-house architectural design team lead by Philip Bidwell, of Philip Bidwell Architecture, with a further 25 years of experience designing life enhancing architectural solutions and some of Canterbury’s most iconic living environments.

With an experienced team behind us, we are able to assist across all aspects of your build from site acquisition, design, construction, landscaping, kitchen, and interior design. We are able to tailor our level of involvement to suit a client’s needs from simply offering technical assistance with design through to an all-encompassing ‘turnkey’ design and construction solution.

And rest assured your finished home is covered with a full Certified Builders 10 Year Guarantee.

Will your team come out to evaluate my future home site to ensure it is right for my new home?

We sure will! We will be happy to schedule a site visit for you – at no cost, or obligation. This is the best way to ensure that your home gets situated on your land the perfect way for your lifestyle. We can also address any concerns or questions you might have about your lot before the actual building of your home takes place. We want you to find the process as easy and carefree as possible.

Is there any cost or obligation to receive a price quote on my own architectural plans?

Absolutely not! We’ll be happy to schedule time to sit down with you to discuss your architecturally designed plans and your desired specification. Our price quotes are the most detailed in the industry and will spell out every item that affects the cost of your new home. No surprises – just a completely transparent quote for you to take home.

How do I begin the process while I still have a home to sell?

We’ll be happy to put you in contact with one of our preferred lenders so you can ease into this transition.Yes, we have Show Homes available for viewing in both Christchurch and Wanaka, plus we always have a number of homes under construction that can be viewed as well.

Can you help us find land if we don’t already own land?

Yes, don’t worry if you don’t have land yet, almost half of our customers did not own land before they came to us. We have valuable relationships with the subdivision developers who will be happy to help you find the perfect lot for your home.

Do we have to begin with one of your house plans?

Not at all! That’s one of the things that makes Homes by Maxim unique. Although we do have plans for you to choose from we are primarily a bespoke building company with our design team led by renowned Architectural Designer, Philip Bidwell. Whether you are building to a modest budget or are building your architectural dream home, we will design your home for you!

Do you have in-house financing?

We work with multiple preferred lenders and mortgage brokers. We will be happy to put you in contact with them to help answer any financing questions you may have.

What type of land do you build on?

The best part of choosing Homes By Maxim is that we build your home on the location of your choice. The location is up to you: in a rural setting, on a family farm, on a hill, in a subdivision , wherever you choose. Whether you currently own a site on which to build your new home, are narrowing down your options between multiple sites, or are just getting started, we can help you through the custom home building process. We have extensive experience with building on any type of ground including all technical categories (TC 1, 2 and 3), including steep hill sites.

Are your homes fully warranted and guaranteed?

As we are a member of the Certified Builders association, every home has a comprehensive 10-year residential guarantee insurance. All products, fixtures and fittings that we use are from reputable suppliers who also back up their products with warrantees.

How long does it take from start to finish?

The process of building your dream home depends on the size of the home and the location of the build. It typically can take about five to nine months from Council consent to move-in.

Get in Touch

Homes by Maxim made the whole home building process so easy especially between, EQC, Insurance and Hawkins etc plus the build itself! They saved me so much time and hassle and went into battle for me! They are so genuine – I have and will continue to spread the word about amongst friends and contacts about the reliability and professionalism of Homes by Maxim We had a very caring Project Manager in David Tapp. He was so easy to converse with lovely and friendly! I had great fun with Anthea especially out shopping! If I was to build again I would pick Homes by Maxim. HBM is just like family now-so hard to let go of the relationship – Im looking forward to my Christmas gift.

Paulette Collins

Our insurance company proposed Homes by Maxim as our builder when our house was to be demolished and rebuilt. The whole process once they met with us and all parties, was stress free, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were after listening to horror stories from so many friends. From choosing colours to picking appliances, Homes by Maxim pointed us in the right direction where we were given advice and options, but left to choose for ourselves. There was no pressure, only co-operation all through the process. We are absolutely thrilled with the end result, and feel very fortunate to have had such wonderful people working on our house and assisting with all our needs. You know you have something very special when your friends visit and make an offer to buy because they are so impressed!

Marianne & Guy Hargreaves

When my builder went into receivership, I was exasperated with having to find another builder. A friend, who had gone through the rebuild with Homes by Maxim and highly recommended them. I viewed the Homes by Maxim show home and they were given the green light. We started from the beginning with new plans and Homes by Maxim were informative and understanding throughout this process. I am grateful for their patience with my endless stream of questions and the need to be reassured every step of the way. I am now in my new home, and in hindsight, I am much happier with the design and end result Homes by Maxim have achieved

S. Stewart.

Before we were told that our house was a rebuild we thought that it would be our home for the rest of our lives. When visiting a ‘Rebuild and Repair’ show we were advised to be proactive and look for a building company to engage to undertake the rebuild. Fortunately for us, we stopped at the Homes by Maxim stand and were impressed by their approach and we are extremely grateful that we decided to select them to design and build our new home. The finished product has exceeded our expectations and we have no hesitation at recommending Homes by maxim as a design and build company.

Sandra and Garth Dale

We chose Homes by Maxim to build our “retirement” home after being drawn to one of their show homes. It was bigger than what we wanted but Maxim’s ever enthusiastic Design Consultant, Anthea, immediately saw the potential if we simply flipped the plan of that show home and tweaked the dimensions. Things went into action that night and in a short time we had a design that we liked and was within our budget. Once the contract was signed Anthea took us shopping, leading us through all the design and fittings detail decisions. This was a surprisingly enjoyable process helped by good humour and a recognition of our budget. The build went well and was finished on time. We look back on a process that was almost all “good fun” – a result of the professionalism, common sense and friendliness of the people at Maxim. We are very happy with our lovely new 3-bedroom home that looks good, functions well and works well on the section.

Leon Busch of Prebbleton